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I am young I am twenty years old yet I know no thing of life but despair death fear and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow said by Paul Baumer during his time at war in All Quiet on the Western Front This quote represents how the war changed Pauls view and attitude toward life Paul a once hopeful sensitive boy enlisted into the war right out of school faced traumatizing experiences that changed him into a lonely man who saw life in a bitter pessimistic way In All Quiet on the Western Front Paul comes into the war as a young and optimistic boy The war is a fresh start for Paul and he holds many traits that eventually diminish through out the book Entering the war after being convinced by a schoolmaster Paul is positive and content His elation is shown when he says Here it is beautiful These are wonderfully carefree hours Over us is the blue sky On the horizon float the bright yellow sunlit observation-balloons and the many little white clouds of the anti-aircraft shells Along with his positivism and happiness Paul is also trusting He demonstrates his trust for the elder soldiers in charge by saying We often made fun of them and played jokes on them but in our hearts we trusted them The idea of authority which they represented was associated in our minds with a greater insight and a more humane wisdom In the early times of the war Paul is also immature He demonstrates an act of immaturity by dumping a latrine-bucket on Himmelstoss along with other practical jokes The war has not been deep yet and Paul a boy who feels happiness enthusiasm and positivism has yet to experience the harsh life-changing factors of the war While the war progresses many factors and events cause Paul to become a different person then he started out as The everyday struggles to
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